|Mathematics is an essential tool for many majors. Math students at NSU hone their abilities to question and analyze, and learn valuable critical-thinking and problem-solving skills. Mathematics serves as an essential tool for many majors and plays an important role in the system-wide core, institutional graduation and degree requirements for all students. Mathematics courses at Northern State University are designed to meet the needs of a wide variety of students.
A math degree from NSU prepares students to be math teachers, but also for careers in the engineering, manufacturing, business, economics, technology or computer science industries, or to pursue graduate studies.
The Department of Mathematics gives NSU's math majors opportunities to compete in regional, national, and international competitions, and helps arrange an annual math competition for high school students in northern South Dakota.
The traditional class setting is complemented by the appropriate use of scientific and graphing calculators and computer technology. Students explore concepts through concrete examples and applications. Applications of mathematics provide students with some insight into the relationship between mathematics and other disciplines. A degree in mathematics is useful in a wide variety of professional fields such as business, economics, computer science, education, and technology as well as for graduate studies in mathematics or closely related fields. Students are encouraged to consult with the department regarding career potentials. Northern State University is one of the leading producers of mathematics teachers in South Dakota.